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Will you be using an optical drive? If not, how about using an Antec ISK 110 VESA case? It comes with a passive PSU of sufficient wattage for your chosen CPU, and once mounted on the back of your monitor it is zero footprint. Use the stock CPU cooler and enable a silent fan profile in BIOS. With the monitor between your ears and the computer, you probably won't hear anything unless you purposely torture test your CPU.
I'll probably use the 5.25" bay. But my monitor throws off A LOT of heat. So I don't know if that would be an entirely good situation.
The case is kind of cool, though.
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Will you be using an optical drive? If not, how about using an Antec ISK 110 VESA case? It comes with a passive PSU of sufficient wattage for your chosen CPU, and once mounted on the back of your monitor it is zero footprint. Use the stock CPU cooler and enable a silent fan profile in BIOS. With the monitor between your ears and the computer, you probably won't hear anything unless you purposely torture test your CPU.

Yep, BEST CASE EVAR tongue.gif

Well I really like mine anyway, small and quiet.
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I want to have a small and quiet PC attached to the back of my TV to be my XBMC box... I'm gonna follow this thread.
Edited by legoman786 - 3/26/13 at 5:29pm
    
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I want to have a small and quiet PC attached to the back of my TV to be my XBMC box... I'm gonna follow this thread.

If it is just media streaming and other light duties then a Raspberry Pi + raspbian xbmc + additional codecs would probably be the cheapest/smallest and most silent solution available right now. Otherwise a small itx case with VESA mounts (or velcro) plus AMD A6 build (or i3/Pentium) with scythe kozuti (or similar) would be another option.
It comes down to budget, personal preference and creativity and the opportunities are (almost) endless.
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i7 is perfectly fine for small form factor!

Just use air cooling. Passive will not work.
http://bit.ly/ZaK4XX
Here is a low profile cooler from noctua. That'll probably do the trick.
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I'm thinking about "upping" the build a bit.

I'm thinking something along the lines of:
i7 3770
2 x 4GB DDR3 1600
256-512GB SSD
And maybe a 660 Ti or 670
With a powerful enough powersupply (what, maybe 550 watts to 600?)
And a Lian Li PC-Q11

That wouldn't be much bigger. And it would be fairly quiet on idle, and be able to play the one game I really want to play in 2,560 x 1,440 well, even if I'm running the game through wine or a VM.
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The only problem is that Lian LI says the case only supports 240mm length cards, which are about 9.45 inches. And a GTX 670 (or even 660 Ti) are "9.5".

Does anyone know if either of these are lower than their actual size/limit? Say, maybe the Lian-LI will really fit 245mm and maybe a 670 is really just under 9.5 inches?

Or will this just not fit?
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get a silverstone sg09/10, it's still really small and has options for everything.
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Hello everyone! I'm planning on making a small, yet silent, Linux build. Preferably passive cooling. So far what I've got in mind is:

Intel i7 3770
A MiniITX board
2 x 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
250/256GB SSD
Integrated graphics
Seasonic Platinum Series 400W PSU

I'd like to put this build into a LianLI PC-Q07 case. It has 70mm height for cooler-clearance... Would it be possible to use this i7 on passive cooling with a passive cooler that has that kind of height? Or should I go for something lower-temp like an i3?

I don't plan on doing anything TOO heavy. Definitely no over-clocking. It'll be mostly used for internet browsing, music/video playback (might get a soundcard.) The heaviest work I'd be doing (and why I decided to get an i7) would probably be running Windows 7 in a Virtual Machine. Just for certain photo applications/programs, and some other programs. Price isn't really an issue. I just want something small in that case that will do this job well and be absolutely silent.

So, what are your guys thoughts?

Wow! I just built a new PC for Linux use with almost identical specs! Mine:

Core i7-3770T (45W TDP!) + Noctua NH-U9B SE2 U.L.N.A.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H
2x 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM (Mushkin, CL8)
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
Passive GT 640 (Asus brand)
Seasonic 400W Fanless 80Plus Platinum PSU

The big difference between my PC and yours though would be I stuck this all in an Corsair Obsidian 550D, a decently sized mid-tower case. It has allowed for incredibly easy cable management, and is dead silent. I stuck the remaining Noctua low noise adapters on the case fans as well, which were already close to inaudible to begin with. The 550D is also great because it has sound deadening material on the inside.
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I've owned a 550D before. It's big, compared to what I want to make.
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i7-6950X ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 GTX 1080 GTX 1080 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 Western Digital Black Intel 730 Series EKWB Supremacy Evo 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK ZMT EK EVO-Clear EK Fittings EK PE 360 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK DDC 3.2 PWM GTX 1080 FC Nickel & Acetal GTX 1080 Backplate EK SE 360 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Noctua NF-F12 Windows 10 Home Corsair RM1000X Phanteks Evolv ATX TG 
Other
CableMod ModMesh Cable Kit (Black/White/Gray) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-5820K ASRock X99e-ITX/ac NVidia GTX 980 G. Skill 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Intel Series 730 Western Digital Black EKWB Supremacy EVO [Acetal + Nickel] EK SE 240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Laing DDC Pump EK GTX 980 Full Block [Acetal + Nickel] FrozenQ NCase M1 Reservoir EK "ZMT" Tubing 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Fittings EK EKoolant EVO Clear Noctua NF-F12 Windows 10 
PowerCase
SilverStone SX-500-LG NCase M1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4590S ASUS MAXIMUS IV Impact Z87 EVGA GTX 670 Corsair Dominator Platinum 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Intel 730 Western Digital Caviar Black Noctua NH-D9L SilenX Effizio 12-15 
CoolingOSPowerCase
SilenX Effizio 09-15 Windows 7 Corsair AX760 In Win 901 
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